Downed power lines pose danger in Fishers neighborhood

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Wednesday's storms left more than a thousand customers without power because of downed power lines.

"Out of nowhere it was sprinkling and raining and then it just like completely monsoon," said Jessica Webb of Fishers.

With the rain coming down, down, too, came power lines in Webb's yard on Lantern Road and across the street.

"I didn't know they were live until the firemen were here and were playing with the tool and said it was live," Webb explained.

Live lines, said firefighters, always have the potential to be deadly.

"A lot of times people will get out of their vehicle, step onto that live power line and that's when electrocution happens," said Fishers firefighter Ronnie Stoltz.

That's why the Fishers Fire Department blocked off Lantern Road, right in front of Webb's house, until the power company could get there and cut power to the downed lines.

Webb joked about having to wait too long before she could get out of her driveway. She's nine months pregnant and due any day.

"I thought, 'Oh gosh, if I can't get out of my house, I hope they feel okay delivering a baby'," she laughed.

Joking aside, emergency crews said if you see a downed power line across the road, turn around and find another way.

"There's another way to get to where you're going and time isn't as important as your life," said Stoltz.


Scattered damage was reported from Wednesday's storms, such as trees falling on houses in the DeKalb County town of Butler and in the Randolph County town of Lynn. A woman also was hurt when a tree fell on a vehicle she was driving in Osceola, about 10 miles east of South Bend.

Major utility companies reported fewer than 2,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Thursday morning. Those were scattered between the South Bend area and Indianapolis.

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